Landlord group plays down charity’s fears of mass homelessness

NRLA urges courts to distinguish between COVID and non-COVID related cases as Shelter calls for judges to halt automatic evictions when the ban ends next month The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has moved to quell fears that thousands of renters will lose their home when the evictions ban ends on 23rd August. It says landlords […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Landlord group plays down charity’s fears of mass homelessness | LandlordZONE.

Landlord group plays down charity’s fears of mass homelessness

NRLA urges courts to distinguish between COVID and non-COVID related cases as Shelter calls for judges to halt automatic evictions when the ban ends next month

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has moved to quell fears that thousands of renters will lose their home when the evictions ban ends on 23rd August.

It says landlords will do all they can to sustain tenancies and that the vast majority have been working hard to keep tenants in their homes. The association is responding to research from Shelter that 3% of private renters have fallen into arrears since the start of the pandemic, meaning they could lose their homes.  

Based on a survey of 1,058 private renters, it reports that 1% of private tenants have been given a formal eviction notice by their landlord or letting agent, while 2% have been threatened with eviction. However, its survey also shows that 12% of landlords have offered their tenants general reassurance while 7% assured them they could stay.

NRLA policy director Chris Norris says that it’s important to distinguish between tenants affected by COVID-19 and those who were building rent arrears before lockdown, sometimes for several months – and sometimes wilfully. “When the courts re-start hearing possession cases the latter should be the priority along with instances where tenants are committing anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse,” adds Norris.

He points to one landlord who had to begin evictions proceedings in January against one of his tenants due to the non-payment of rent. ‘Peter’ says of his tenant: “He has continually been anti-social, paid little rent. This tenant is aware that eviction is not possible until an order is made and bailiffs attend. He is hiding and protected behind all COVID laws.” Shelter wants the Government to give judges the powers they need to halt automatic evictions. Says chief executive Polly Neate: “The Housing Secretary promised no-one would lose their home because of coronavirus. Unless he acts now, he will break his promise, and put thousands of renters at risk of homelessness.” 

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Edinburgh Council hopes holiday lets landlords will quit the crowded market and convert their investments from rental to residential properties Landlords in Scotland’s tenement blocks will have to wait even longer to rent out their homes after the Scottish Government ruled that those with shared facilities – including communal entrances, stairs and landings – can’t […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Scotland puts brakes on cities’ short-term lets sector reopening | LandlordZONE.

Scotland puts brakes on cities’ short-term lets sector reopening

Edinburgh Council hopes holiday lets landlords will quit the crowded market and convert their investments from rental to residential properties

Landlords in Scotland’s tenement blocks will have to wait even longer to rent out their homes after the Scottish Government ruled that those with shared facilities – including communal entrances, stairs and landings – can’t re-open in line with the rest of the holiday lets sector.

Reinforcing its reputation for cracking down on short-term lets, Edinburgh Council has welcomed the decision and is now calling on landlords to consider moving properties back into residential use or renting them to it instead.

Council leaders want landlords to help it tackle homelessness long-term and have also vowed to continue taking action against those who break the Scottish Government’s rules; even during lockdown it served planning enforcement notices against three properties – forcing them to be discontinued as short-term lets – and has a further five cases pending.

Council Leader Adam McVey says: “I want to see us work with rather than against landlords to make the rental market fairer on everybody who lives here. During lockdown, with our partners, we’ve successfully brought a number of short-term let properties back into residential use to help us house people experiencing homelessness.

“We face a huge challenge housing people who need it, and we’re saying strongly and clearly that landlords running short-term lets from residentials without permission should stop and move their property back into residential use. However, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we also need to be clear that we will take action if required.” Earlier this year, Edinburgh Old Town was found to have the highest incidence of Airbnbs, with 29 active listings for every 100 properties.

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